National Parks / Natural World
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center Cedar Hill
Where are we going today?
The Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is only 16 miles southwest of downtown Dallas and is THE place to see a variety of unusual species and topography.
The canyon forms a convergence of two ecosystems, Juniper forest and Blackland prairie, where you can see a Black-chinned hummingbird of the west and a Flowering dogwood tree of the east.
The Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center features over 200 acres of pristine habitat to provide homes for these special plants and wildlife. Best of all, it's FREE to the public! So why wouldn't you want to get out there and explore!
Make sure you take your hiking shoes, because there are TWO miles of trails that will take you into the forested canyon. There is the easy Canyon Floor Trail, where younger kids can really get immersed in nature and is stroller-friendly. For the more serious adventurous family, the West Loop Trail will take you to the top of the White Rock escarpment and give you beautiful views on both sides of the canyon.
Along the way, you can keep your eye out for wildlife, including birds, lizards, rabbits and toads and learn all about the wilderness that you are exploring. For those kids who want to just enjoy some play time, there is a fun, unstructured Nature Play Area where kids can free play and use their imagination.
With picnic tables, water fountains, restrooms, Nature Store, trails and bird viewing areas, it's the perfect stop for the family!
To learn even more about the canyon, you can book a Guided Hike or participate in family event.
So what are you waiting for...nature is calling!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsDonations welcome
- ChildrenSame as adult
When can we go?
9am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Closed Mondays and major holidays.
They offer great field trips which can be customized to your needs. Kids can learn about eco investigations, conservation, nature at night, and much more!.
Snacks and drinks are available in the Nature Store..
You are more than welcome to take a picnic! Take plenty of bottled water, and make sure you take all rubbish away with you. .
Any Top Tips?
Please be sure kids know how to avoid snakes and poison ivy before you set off..
Doing our bit
The Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill (DCAC) has been awarded LEED(r) Gold established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)..
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff if there are any questions about accessibility of the .
Can I get one of those?
The Nature Store is a must visit on the way out of the park! From toys, to gifts, souvenirs, and produce from local artists and stores, it's the perfect way to take something home with you!.
The current arrangement is by donation only but they do not know when this will end, so check ahead for prices if you need to be sure..
What people are saying?
by Cyndi Larsen
Great trails. Easily accessible for young & old. Trail markers are best in DFW area so far. Great events!
by Jason P Cargill
Went there for the first time last weekend to hike. The trails are not that long, but they are very pretty. Feels like your in the woods and nowhere near the city. Nice place to spend part of the day.
by lupe cardiel
by Derek D Gilbert